Issued on: 4 March 2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Issued on: 4 March 2016
Deadline For Application: 25 March 2016
Policy Officer (Food Security and Nutrition,
FIRST Programme)
Fixed-term: One year (with
possibility of extension)
* The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the
extension of appointments
Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.
Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.
Organizational Setting
The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies,
programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries
and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Food and Nutrition Security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST) is a FAO and European Union partnership
programme with the purpose of providing a policy assistance mechanism for improved food security and nutrition and sustainable
agriculture. FIRST is designed to strengthen the enabling environment for food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture in a
number of selected priority countries. FIRST will be embedded within the FAO’s programme management and coordination structure.
It will contribute directly to the food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture policy and governance related results envisioned
under FAO Strategic Objectives 1 and 2.
The Food Security and Nutrition Policy Officer works under the overall technical guidance of FIRST Senior Technical Adviser
(FAO/Rome) and works in close collaboration with the EU Delegation and relevant government ministries/institutions. He/she will also
coordinate and work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Ministry of Health and with ministries and
institutions in charge of sustainable agriculture and of food and nutrition security as well as with key development partners in particular
the Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT).
Reporting Lines
The Food Security and Nutrition Policy Officer reports to the FAO Representative and on technical issues to FIRST Senior Technical
Adviser (FAO/Rome).
Technical Focus
Provide leadership, guidance and operational support for results-based policy assistance, capacity development and facilitate policy
dialogue around food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. Strengthen the enabling environment for food security and
nutrition and sustainable agriculture in Myanmar with a particular focus on:
Promoting multi-sectoral and inter-governmental dialogue and coordination to develop and implement an agreed agenda
and work plan linking sustainable agriculture with food security and nutrition;
Strengthening national and county governments’ capacities to develop and implement policies, legislation, programmes and
investments related to agriculture, food security and nutrition in Myanmar;
Build strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders at national, regional and global level and support donors’ coordination
and alignment to national and county level priorities.
Key Results
Development and implementation of coherent, integrated and effective policy assistance and governance work supporting member
states at country level.
Key Functions
Provides policy assistance to the government on the most effective policies and programmes related to Food and Nutrition
Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA);
Strengthens the capacity of the government to design and implement FNSSA related policies and programme;
Supports the establishment of a multi sectoral coordination structure in order to provide leadership for decision making on
the implementation of county and national policies which relate to food security and nutrition;
Leads a stock taking exercise of existing studies on related policy and conducts needs assessment exercise, analyses
existing policies, identifies any knowledge/analysis gap, undertakes studies serving this purpose;
Provides technical and policy advice and support to Government in the development and implementation of their policies
and programmes in ways that will accelerate and maximize their impact on FNSSA;
Prepares reports to FAO, European Union and Government on progress achieved and issues related to FIRST
Participates at relevant international/inter-governmental meetings and conferences, advocates strategic partnerships, best
practices, and increased policy dialogue and develop and negotiate effective working;
Seeks to maximize opportunities of collaboration and synergy with other development partners' programme, in particular
other EU funded interventions such as LIFT the Myanmar Climate Change Alliance, the EU Policy Dialogue Facility and
relevant regional programmes;
Leads and/or participate in resource mobilization activities;
Performs other duties as required.
Minimum Requirements
Advanced university degree in agricultural economics, food security and nutrition and/or sustainable agriculture,
development economics, or related area
Seven years of relevant experience in policy analysis and advice related to food and nutrition security and/or sustainable
agriculture policy
Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French,
Russian or Spanish)
Results Focus
Strong Communications Skills
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
Work experience in more than one location or areas of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
Extent and relevance of experience in providing policy assistance and technical guidance in the context of a food security,
nutrition and/or sustainable agriculture programmes
Extent and relevance of experience in facilitating policy dialogue and capacity development around food security, nutrition
and sustainable agriculture among a wide variety of stakeholders
Extent and relevance of experience in resource mobilization
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and
All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based
Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your iRecruitment online profile (see “How to Apply”). We
strongly recommend that you ensure that the information is accurate and complete including employment record, academic
qualifications and language skills.
Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the
following link:
To apply, visit the iRecruitment website at and complete carefully your online
profile (PPF). Only applications received through iRecruitment will be considered.
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
Vacancies will be removed from iRecruitment at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We
encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
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